OB Summer Reads - page 3

by BabyRN2Be

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Since I haven't received any replies to the post that I made in "Recommended Reading", I thought that I might bring this down here to see if I got a few more responses. After all, these aren't really "academic" books, but reading... Read More


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    oh sheesh, no one is being hateful. anyhow any other summer reads suggested???
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    No one is being hateful, just reporting on what happened. Fair and balanced.

    Anyhoo, back to our summer reading... I'm now reading Immaculate Deception II. If anyone gets time to check this one out, it's a very fascinating read. I'm not finished with it yet, but it details birth through the ages, starting with a woman in a tribe hundreds (a thousand??) years ago, goes through the Victorian Era, and I've just read about the mom who gave birth in the 60's. It's just amazing how attitudes about birth have changed through the ages. I did not read the original ID; I head that the author's tone was too strong. It has been apparently toned down - it's absolutely worth it if you get the chance.

    *sigh* Earlier this year I was going into business with some other doulas. These were new doulas and I felt that they were taking advantage of me. I was stupid and loaned them A LOT of my childbirth/PP books. Since the business proposition ended badly, these people are refusing to return my books - about $200 worth USED. I'm probably not going to get these books back and since most of them were reference books, I'm going to have to start replacing them - slowly. I think I'm going to start with "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin - another awesome book! Next is going to be "The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers." This one I had not owned before, but I'm going to get it because I believe it would come in very handy for some of my PP clients. Has anyone read this? What do you think? I know that it's on the list of DONA's required reading for PP Doulas.

    Has anyone seen/read this one? What did you think?

    I appreciate your help!

    Happy reading!!
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    I highly recommend any book by Penny Simkin. I love her!

    And that Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers----GOOD ONE, our LC has one in her office for our reference. GREAT book.
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    I love "The Birth Partner"! I have it as suggested reading for the spouses or other partners if they are interested. It was one of the books I constantly read. I'm really upset that it won't be returned. However, I can get the Second Edition. I agree with you, Smiling - it's an awesome, no nonsense guide to childbirth.

    Thanks for the info on the breastfeeding book. I thumbed through it at Barnes and Noble and I think I'm going to get it! It really did look like an awesome book and I'm looking forward to getting that one as well!
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    I have personally used this site for books from Varney's Midwifery to Diary of a Midwife, to all the works of Penny Simkin. I have been VERY pleased with the service and fast shipping. I love this company (and no this is NOT an advertisement, I have no personal connection to this company other than being a satisfied customer, so I hope it's ok I post it here):

    http://www.1cascade.com/
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    The Ultimate BF Book of Answers is very good.
    You can read a good bit of what he (Dr. Jack Newman) writes here under "handouts":
    www.geocities.com/breastfeedinglinks

    The Breastfeeding Answer Book
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846
    is also good, & more comprehensive. More of a reference book, but indispensable is Medications and Mother's Milk. 2004 edition just came out-
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    If a nurse or L&D could only get two, I would probably recommend these.

    This page has breastfeeding book suggestions for professionals:
    http://www.iblce.org/suggested_reading_list.htm
    I am a bf counselor and I have most of the big bf/lactation books. BF & Human Lactation just came out with a new edition that is supposed to have a lot of new updated information. The BF atlas is also good for later, really getting into specifics - it is full of pictures and case studies.

    Any questions about breastfeeding books, feel free to email me

    This is mostly nonfiction that I have read, or from my wishlist:
    Taking Charge of Your Fertility
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=25MJEBJUY33JY
    Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century: A Book by and for Women
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...472091-8159245
    Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    Eve's Herbs: A History of Contraception & Abortion
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

    I haven't read this one:
    Listen to Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=25MJEBJUY33JY
    A Midwife's Tale : The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 I read part of this and then got too busy with schoolwork. Kind of dry but good.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    I can't believe I haven't read Spiritual Midwifery:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    Now Ina May Gaskin also has:
    Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...e&s=books&st=*
    I have not read any of these but they are on my wishlist:
    Ethnography of Fertility and Birth
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=25MJEBJUY33JY
    Women Healers: Portraits of Herbalists, Physicians, and Midwives
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=25MJEBJUY33JY
    Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=25MJEBJUY33JY
    Birth Chairs, Midwives and Medicine
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    For Her Own Good : 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=25MJEBJUY33JY
    Birth in Four Cultures : A Crosscultural Investigation of Childbirth in Yucatan, Holland, Sweden, and the United States
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...59245?v=glance
    Birth As an American Rite of Passage
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...59245?v=glance

    I have read this, not a women's health thing but good: The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...472091-8159245
    Couple more that are good:
    The Continuum Concept:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...472091-8159245
    Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...472091-8159245

    The Red Tent fictional book that I loved:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846
    Some other general fiction I liked:
    Poisonwood Bible
    Prodigal Summer
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Into the Forest
    Davinci Code


    Whew. I guess I'm officially a bibliophile. Hope that gives you some ideas (please lie and say it did if it didn't
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Jul 8, '04
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    u can get all the above at the website I mentioned, too. It's where I got a lot of these books. A good list of books, to be sure, mattsmom.
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    agree about cascade, they have cool catalogs too if you must have paper
    http://www.1cascade.com/request
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    Thank you Mitchsmom. Wonderful list. In fact, I think that I'm just going to cut and paste your list and make it my wish list on Amazon. :chuckle Sounds like they'd make a great library in and of itself.

    BTW, The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding is an awesome book. I got it last weekend and I really have enjoyed reading the book. I think I'm going to get "The Nursing Mother's Companion" as well as a doula marketing book (mine wasn't returned). I really need to rebuild my library and you all have suggested some awesome books! Thanks!


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